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Mar 17, 2013

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I tried removing the quick mask in the channel side bar and also uncheck "edit in quick mask mode" but I still cannot stop the pop up saying "Could not use move tool because the target channel is hidden". I cannot draw any objects or move them. What should I do?

You are getting an error because you are in  "Quick mask edit mode". There are few ways to exit. You can, for example, use button or delete layer as well.

All have been listed on blog.i-evaluation.com, article: “Could not use move tool because the target channel is hidden” – Photoshop Warning

Hope that helps!

ps. My first post on adobe forum. Hope I helped someone.

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"Could not use move tool because the target channel is hidden"

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Mar 17, 2013

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I tried removing the quick mask in the channel side bar and also uncheck "edit in quick mask mode" but I still cannot stop the pop up saying "Could not use move tool because the target channel is hidden". I cannot draw any objects or move them. What should I do?

You are getting an error because you are in  "Quick mask edit mode". There are few ways to exit. You can, for example, use button or delete layer as well.

All have been listed on blog.i-evaluation.com, article: “Could not use move tool because the target channel is hidden” – Photoshop Warning

Hope that helps!

ps. My first post on adobe forum. Hope I helped someone.

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Well, is you layer actually a layer or a fixed "Background"? For such issues it's always best to provide screenshots of the layers and channel palettes...

Mylenium

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You are getting an error because you are in  "Quick mask edit mode". There are few ways to exit. You can, for example, use button or delete layer as well.

All have been listed on blog.i-evaluation.com, article: “Could not use move tool because the target channel is hidden” – Photoshop Warning

Hope that helps!

ps. My first post on adobe forum. Hope I helped someone.

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Every time I selected a layer, it automatically selected only the alpha channel. I had to press cmd-2 to select RGB each time, ugh. But pressing completely solved this for me! Quick mask edit mode, you sly villain. Thank you IEvaluation!

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New Here ,
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thanks ot was a big help for!

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New Here ,
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Thanks a lot Robert u saved my day.

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Helped me man thank you!

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Community Beginner ,
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Thank you IEvaluation! That's the EXACT fix I was looking for!

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New Here ,
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Thank you! It helped me too!

I was having this issue for past few days, and came to your answer by Googling and just by pressing the button, it fixed it!

Thank you again for this help.

Moin

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 09, 2017

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Give this man a beer!

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New Here ,
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Worked perfectly.  Thank you so much. 

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New Here ,
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You just saved me a ton of time and nerves. Thanks a lot.

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New Here ,
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THANK YOU!!!

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New Here ,
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cut the crap.. just go to the channels tab and delete the alpha layer, that's all this will solve the problem.

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IT WORKED!!!!  Thanks for saving me a half hour of digging through troubleshooting posts.

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New Here ,
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Thank you!!! That worked!

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New Here ,
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OMG, I would have never found that.  Thank you!   Now to just figure out how it happened.  That's a first for me, and I spend hours daily in PS.

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Community Beginner ,
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You are awesome! That just made it happen! This new PS is a mess!

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Community Beginner ,
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now you are one incredibly efficient person.   Thank you.   It was that easy.

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Sep 19, 2016

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I was with the same problem. The letter "Q" is an important part of the layout but without wanting I typed out the text tool.

I just out of quick mask mode.

Thanks a lot!

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"Q" was really helpful!

thank you!

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New Here ,
Jan 25, 2017

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Thank you! Thank you thank you thank you. I was going nuts. Your solution was easy!

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